Prison Poems

Prison Poems

Poems for When a Family Member is in Jail

Prison is the punishment that keeps on taking. Long after the individual has regretted his or her sin and wishes to go back to living a productive life, he must stay in prison wasting his precious years on this earth. Almost anything you take from a man can be given back except time. He can never reclaim the time that was stolen from him. He can never experience his children growing up for they are already grown. He can never experience those precious moments with his wife for most likely she has moved on. Of all the crimes that man commits to go to prison, in most cases our decision to keep him there is worse.

14 Poignant and Heart-wrenching Poems about Prison

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  1. 1. The Game

    Let me tell you about a game I play
    Where I close my eyes and fade away

    I float away to a special place

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    I wanted to cry when I read this. I didn't realize how often I do this, even throughout the day. This one touched my heart. My husband has been in jail for 3 years. He got 7 years and there...

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  3. 2. My Prayer

    • By Tina Fortner
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2011 with permission of the Author.

    I feel a tear run down my face
    As I sit in this quiet, lonely place.
    I think of you and need you here.
    I wipe away my falling tear.

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    I so identify with your testimony. My husband and I have been together 34 years, and have been married for 32 years. He has served 26 years of a life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. I...

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  5. 3. Without You

    • By Dawn
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016 with permission of the Author.

    All these days and nights without you here,
    It's a little bit more than I can bear.

    The days are cold and so very long.

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    The first time I had a boyfriend, we dated 6 years (basically from when I was in 4th grade until now). Very recently, we broke up because he was always busy, and I hardly saw him. Now that...

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  6. 4. My Rage

    • By Lorilei Brown
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2013 with permission of the Author.

    During my childhood I was badly abused
    and as I grew older, I became the accused.

    The beating I took came straight from dad,

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    Hi, my name is Lisa. This poem really touched my heart in more ways than I'm even able to say. It brought back so many bad memories that I have tucked away for a long time. Sometimes I wonder...

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  7. 5. Yaz And Orr

    • By Ronald Doe
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2009 with permission of the Author.

    My brother was always my best friend,
    We would play sports and we'd just pretend.
    I'd hit a homer, a goal he'd score,
    You see I was Yaz and he was Orr.

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  8. 6. The Forgotten Victim

    A person's comment:

    "That's her there! Her hubby's inside!"
    "How can she stand by him?" a neighbor cried!

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    Both my husband and I have done a lot of time, and being apart it so hard. There is no rehabilitation in the system, and sometimes people make mistakes, but that does not mean you turn your...

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  9. 7. Daddy's Gone

    How do you sit down and talk to your son
    and tell him that his Daddy has gone?
    It's easier explaining the meaning of death
    and why people die and draw their last breath.

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    I lost my parents 26 days apart back in February and March of 2013. I think of them both 5, 10, 50 times a day still. I want them back as well, so I know what you are going through. I feel...

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  10. 8. The Window

    • By William J. Ray
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2006 with permission of the Author.

    There you are
    On the other side of the window
    You look sad and scared
    Wondering where your son is about to go

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    I know how that feeling feels with y'all's son locked up, I also have a son who is waiting for his sentencing at this moment. He has been in county jail going on 5 years waiting for his...

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  11. 9. Daddy, You're In Jail

    • By Sydnie L. Jackson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2006 with permission of the Author.

    Daddy, you're in jail so far, far away,
    and it hurts me almost every day.
    I knew when I was there
    it was coming to an end.

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    The last time I saw my dad was July 23, 2015. My dad is currently in jail right now. My dad was in jail for eight years before. He got out when I was in second grade. The reason he went to...

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  12. 10. End Of A Journey

    • By Ken Budden
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011 with permission of the Author.

    The end of your journey is now in sight,
    And from the darkness you can now see light.
    I know it's been tough, but I'm hoping you know,
    From that hard bitter lesson, "You reap what you sow".

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    I was very touched. My son is also in prison for a stupid incident because of his ex-wife of 20 years and his best friend. He is nearing time for parole. He has nearly spent 4 years of an...

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  13. 11. Thoughts Of A Convict

    • By Luis Verduzco
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009 with permission of the Author.

    Someday the gates will open,
    and once more I'll be free.
    A fact that makes me wonder,
    "What will become of me?"

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    I am a female who is out on parole. I spent 5 years of my life in prison for my crime. They said my punishment was for rehabilitation, but instead they just locked me away. I didn't learn how...

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  14. 12. Missing A Friend When I'm Locked Up

    • By Shannon
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2012 with permission of the Author.

    Another month has come,
    But you're still so far away.
    You're always in my heart
    Each and every day.

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    This how I feel about my BFF who moved far away and I haven't seen her for a long time, I really miss her!

  15. 13. Night Falls

    • By Marcella Myer
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2010 with permission of the Author.

    Night falls and morning comes and still no sign of you
    I wonder what you're doing and wished I were there with you

    I think about you every day

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    Wow this site and all the comments have really made me feel less alone, my fiancée and I are at beginning of his 2 year sentence and everyone is so right it takes more strength and commitment...

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  16. 14. Dad

    • By Sonia Lopez
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2012 with permission of the Author.

    Even though you're never
    around. I seem to never frown
    It's the faith I keep but
    It can bring some weep.

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    My father and mother both stole and did drugs with my younger sisters and me in the house. They always got in arguments, throwing things at each other and yelling in front of us. I was scared...

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